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Star of the West Welcome to our website! Whether Westmoreland County is your home, your ancestors' home, or a place you would like to visit, let the Star guide you.

Star of the West was a title given to Westmoreland County by 18th century German pioneers who regarded it as a "stella" or star as they traveled from eastern Pennsylvania through this region and toward western territories. The 5-pointed star also represents the five counties that were carved from Westmoreland's original boundaries - Allegheny, Fayette, Greene, Washington, and Westmoreland. This Star reflects our mission to provide a guide through history to a greater understanding of the present and a clearer path to the future.
Today in History
Tuesday, April 20, 1852
Justice Richard Coulter dies in Greensburg
Featured Event
Join the Crowd - Shhh. . . We're protesting Prohibition.
Please join us at the annual Frolic on Saturday, April 26th from 6 to 9 PM at the Westmoreland County Courthouse. There will be a hearty hors d'oeuvre buffet by the Supper Club, a cash bar, entertainment by the Susanne Ortner-Roberts Jazz Trio, and a Courtroom Drama inspired by an actual Westmoreland County court case from the era The wearing of 1920s fashion is encouraged - but not required.
Upcoming Events
Frolic in a Prohibition Speakeasy!
Saturday, April 26, 2014
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Opening Day at Historic Hanna's Town
Saturday, May 03, 2014
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Full Tea Served
Saturday, May 03, 2014
11:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Book Signing
Sunday, May 04, 2014
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Photo Galleries
Historic House Tour 2013
Historic House Tour 2012
Historic House Tour 2013 Preview
Historic House Tour 2011
Toast the Tour Cocktail Party - September 23, 2011
Toast the Tour Cocktail Party - 2010
Made in Westmoreland - First in the Series
Historic House Tour 2010
Vandergrift, PA
Arnold, PA
Winter Frolic 2011: Celebrating Our Italian Heritage
Coal Mine